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Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

 

PECS was developed in 1987 as a form of communication for individuals who were either nonverbal or who had limited speech. This system, which is an integral aspect of TEACCH, allows children and people with autism to communicate their wants and needs in a visual way. PECS uses a series of icons to represent needs, wants, emotions, and desires.

PECS Icons:

Below are three examples of actual PECS Icons. They can be used to express feelings, objects, or actions. More complicated programs also include adjectives and verbs to make simple sentences.

 

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